In search of the click track

 2009 03 Beatles

 2009 03 Greenday

At Music Machinery, Paul Lamere posts about his search for drummers who use a click track, an electronic metronome that helps the musician avoid tempo deviations. Paul wanted to see if he could use software to identify which drummers use click tracks on recordings. The graph above on the left plots the natural tempo deviations for The Beatles' Dizzy Miss Lizzie. For comparison, the graph on the right shows the "unnatural" lack of tempo deviation on Green Day's "American Idiot." Now, this analysis surely isn't an exact science and there's an interesting discussion about the project following Paul's blog post. "In Search of the Click Track" (Thanks, Gil Kaufman!)